The Lorraine project will allow the construction of 24 basketball courts in Africa

The “Draw Me Basketball Court” operation, imagined in Lorraine, will make it possible to build 24 stadiums across Africa. At the origin of this solidarity project, Mohamed Marrakchi, a former Moroccan international basketball player and three of his students, are students at the Faculty of Sports Sciences in Nancy.

Build twenty-four basketball courts in Africa, to match the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. On the initiative of the ambitious collaborative project “Draw Me a Basketball Court”, Mohamed Marrakchi, former Moroccan international basketball player and president of CESAM (Cultures, Exchanges, Sports, Animation, Events) became Lorraine for more than thirty years. Alongside him are three of his students, master’s students at the Faculty of Sports Sciences in Nancy.

By building basketball courts across the African continent, we encourage solidarity, but also ensure a social and cultural bond, thanks to the values ​​of sport.

Mohamed Marrakchi, former Moroccan international basketball player and president of the Lorraine Sesame Federation

The former great athlete and his students have only one idea, to use sports to help young people and create social bonds. The cost of building a basketball court is between 1,000 and 2,000 euros. The result was primitive but the goal was well achieved: “By building basketball stadiums across the African continent, we encourage solidarity, but also ensure a social and cultural bond, thanks to the values ​​of sport”Mohamed Marrakchi insists. Thanks to the funding obtained by CESAM and students from Nancy, from municipalities for example, several basketball courts have already been established in France, Morocco, Guinea, Benin and Senegal. Next step, Ghana and Burkina Faso.

Mohamed Marrakchi has been a speaker and educational educator for STAPS students in Nancy since 2008, at the college where he himself taught. Since the beginning of the 1990s, the Franco-Moroccans have never stopped and carried out many union projects, in Lorraine and beyond. Each year, master’s students in Sports Management work on an international cooperation project and create a network, related to sports news. This is still the case this year, with the “Draw Me Basketball Court” initiative, a project that is of course sporting, but also educational, cultural, social and solidarity.

Sports is a way out in a popular neighborhood

Mohamed Marrakchi, former Moroccan international basketball player and president of the Lorraine Sesame Federation

“Sport is a way of surviving in a popular neighborhood. In 2006, the municipality of Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy asked me to work on cooperation with foreign countries. I was assigned the project and it was an opportunity to go back to basics by creating a link between my country of heart, France and Morocco “, explains the former top athlete. Mohamed Marrakchi was born in 1968 in the city of Oujda in northeastern Morocco. The former international basketball player left his home country around the age of twenty to join France and enrolled at the Faculty of Sports Sciences in Nancy, where he obtained a master’s degree in sports and regional development. The person who has “Everything is achieved thanks to sports”founded in 2006 by the association Lorraine CESAM in Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle) that works, among others, for the cultural and sports exchange between France and Morocco.

Mohamed Marrakchi and the three students from Nancy on the initiative of the project do not intend to stop there, they have an appointment in Morocco in a few days. The aim of this trip is to meet their counterparts from the Moroccan Sports Association ASA and participate in activities with about a hundred children, in the Socio-Sports Center in Thanawa, 30 km from Marrakesh.

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